Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Mothers Gather at Childspace to Support Earned Sick Days"

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is trying to get legislation passed that would allow Philadelphia workers to accrue earned time off for being sick or taking care of sick children.
By Zach Subar

One by one, mothers, daughters and pregnant women came forward with similar messages at a rally at Childspace Day Care Center on Monday.

They communicated those messages through stories they shared at the gathering. Tioga resident Rebecca Lovelace, whose mother has been in and out of the hospital for the past two years, said she doesn't get time off from one of her jobs—at Dollar General—and fears losing her job if she needs to take time off to care for her condition. Katja Pigur, who is originally from Germany and is the mother of a six-year old, said she is thankful that she has sick days at her job, but said that the number of sick days Americans get pales in comparison to what people in her home country receive. And Aislyn Washington talked about how she hasn't been able to hold a steady job for the past three years because her kids—she has five children under the age of 18, and three more who are older—keep getting sick and she keeps needing to take care of them.

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